2013 / Japanese play depicting first responders of 2011 earthquake, March 30, 31

20130330 Hikobae LA

Hikobae Los Angeles performance (Cultural News Photo)

A new production of Hikobae, a play about the medical staff who risked their lives following the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters that struck Japan on March 11, 2011 will premiere in Los Angeles on March 30 and 31 and New York on April & 6.

Hikobae honors the first responders and those who lost their lives in the disaster. The significance of remembering the victims and sacrifices of the first responders is particularly relevant two years following the events of 3/11.

Hikobae is a fictionalized story based on recorded interviews with physicians and nurses from Soma City Hospital, a medical center in the Fukushima evacuation zone.

The play is part of an ongoing international collaboration between New York’s Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The Actors Clinic, a prominent acting school in Tokyo led by Toshi Shioya. Graduates from both acting schools are participating in the production.

Proceeds from the production will benefit the Momo-Kaki Orphan Fund, which supports children who lost their parents in the disaster.

The theater piece will be performed in English and Japanese, with subtitles projected behind the actors.

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“Hikobae” Performance Schedule

Los Angeles

Saturday, March 30 at 6:30 pm

Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 pm

Aratani/Japan America Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For tickets call (213) 628-2725 or visit www.jaccc.org

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New York City

Friday, April 5 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 6 at 3:00 pm

Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., NYC 10007

For tickets call (212) 868-4444 or visit  www.smarttix.com.